Haiti President, Jovenel Moise, has been assassinated.
According to the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, Moise was killed at his home early Wednesday morning by a group of armed individuals.
Joseph said he was now in charge of the country.
The PM said Moise’s injured wife was in the hospital, urging the public to remain calm.
He assuered that the police and army would ensure the population’s safety.
“The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Joseph said.
Moise had been ruling Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ends.
In addition to the political crisis, kidnappings for ransom have surged in recent months, further reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation.
Haiti also faces chronic poverty and recurrent natural disasters.